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Inclusive Living

Overview

Article 19 of the UN CRPD establishes the equal right of all persons with disabilities to live in the community, with choices equal to others. Nevertheless, independent living is only possible when the necessary support services and systems are made available, as well as when staff is adequately trained to support individuals through empowering and human rights-oriented approaches. Through EASPD, members exchange on the best ways to support individuals for them to be able to fully participate in the community as active citizens.

Good housing practices with the availability of support, personal assistance schemes, as well as effective policymaking at all levels, an analysis of the future challenges in social care and an increased cooperation with other European networks on housing for vulnerable groups are all ways to implement de-institutionalisation and grant a more independent life to persons with disabilities.

Inclusive Living

What EASPD is doing

EASPD is committed to:

  • Facilitate the development and availability of support services in the community
  • Support the transition from institutional care to community-based services
  • Collaborate with NGOs, policy makers, associations, parents and families, towards inclusive living
  • Support individuals to fully participate in the community as active citizens
  • Enable enjoyment and monitoring of human rights in the domain of Article 19 of the UN CRPD.

News

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In Ljubljana, the PERHOUSE project will host a workshop on working conditions and social dialogue in personal and household services.

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This workshop in Poland will explore the role of social dialogue in the context of challenges for the personal and household services field.

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Workshop on improving working conditions and services in PHS in Central and Eastern European countries through industrial relations.

Policy

This paper aims to support the European Commission’s work on the Guidance towards Member States to realise the right of independent living and...

The United Nations invited relevant stakeholders to provide written submissions on the draft guidelines on deinstitutionalisation and EASPD to...

EASPD has set up a taskforce to support in developing input for the European Commission on the development of the EU Framework of Social...

Projects

Inclusive Living

AccessibleEU

AccessibleEU is an accessibility resource centre on the built environment, transport, information and communication technologies, and policy.

 

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Resources

Reports and studies

EASPD Innovation Awards 2024

This year EASPD's Innovation Awards were awarded to 5 practices promoting the transformation of mental health and psychosocial disability...

The report outlines key findings, highlighting the urgent need for comprehensive and inclusive mental health support services.

This report gives an overview of the EASPD e-learning platform, Knowledge Hub.

This research aims to provide useful data, concepts, and analysis of models of promising practices in the context of independent living for...

The study aims to provide a framework to measure the quality of services for persons with disabilities that are outcomes focused, centred on the...

This report centres five case studies from across the European region where an institution for persons with disabilities, including those with...

This report provides a better understanding of the state of play on the availability of social care & support services in remote rural areas in...